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In Jubilation!, over fifty living, contemporary Jamaican poets reflect in complex, nuanced, outspoken, meditative, humorous and outrageous ways upon the historical and existential moment of Jamaican independence from Britain and the years that have followed.


Kwame Dawes, Various Authors (Anthologies)
Anthologies, Poetry
Date published
1 Sep 2012

A majority of the poems were written for this anthology and are previously unpublished. It includes work from the best known poets of the last fifty years, as well as some of the new and exciting voices that remind us that Jamaican poetry is a vibrant and necessary force in Jamaican cultural life. It is by no means the first anthology of Jamaican poetry, but until Jubilation! none has appeared for several decades.

Edited by Kwame Dawes, the collection includes the work of, among others, Opal Palmer Adisa, Lillian Allen, Edward Baugh, Jacqueline Bishop, Jean “Binta” Breeze, Francis Coke, Mel Cooke, Christine Craig, Kwame Dawes, Richard “Dingo” Dingwall, Delores Gauntlett, Lorna Goodison, Jean Goulbourne, Millicent Graham, Sally Henzell, Ishion Hutchinson, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Evan Jones, Easton Lee, Ann-Margaret Lim, Rachel Manley, Mbala, Shara McCallum, Earl McKenzie, Mark McMorris, Kei Miller, Monica Minott, Pamela Mordecai, Mervyn Morris, Mutabaruku, Geoffrey Philp, Velma Pollard, Claudia Rankine, Heather Royes, Olive Senior, Tanya Shirley, A-dZiko Simba, Fabian Thomas, Ralph Thompson, Donna Aza Weir-Soley, and d’bi.young.

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Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes is the author of over thirty five books, and is widely recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading writers. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and a Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. His next book of poetry from Peepal Tree Press will be 'A New Beginning', a cycle of poems written with John Kinsella. He has been elected as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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